FILUX 2016 Light Art festival in Mexico City: 10-13 November 2016
In this experimental performance, Marcus Neustetter is the facilitator and the public is the artistic contributor. Armed with cameras the artist merely documents that interaction of the public with a mass of lights. For the past 8 years Neustetter has asked people in diverse contexts to tell their stories with light and long-time exposure photographs. For the experimental performance in Mexico City the artist asked the public to play and express their ideas of the city through the use of glow-sticks. The result is not only a magical experience for the participants, but personal and collective images reflecting on the city and its stories.
Images by Luigi Luigi and Marcus Neustetter
Creating Montezuma’s Headdress
Montezuma’s headdressÂ is aÂ featherworkÂ crownÂ (Nahuatl:Â quetzalÄpanecayÅtlÂ [ketsalaËpaneËˆkajoËtÉ¬]) which tradition holds belonged toÂ Moctezuma II, the AztecÂ emperorÂ at the time of theÂ Spanish Conquest. However, its provenance is uncertain,Â and even its identity as a headdress has been questioned.Â It is made ofÂ quetzalÂ and other feathers with sewn-on gold detailing. It is now in theÂ Museum of Ethnology, Vienna, and is a source of dispute betweenÂ AustriaÂ andÂ Mexico, as no similar pieces remain in Mexico. Restoration efforts reignited this dispute in 2012.
For one night we temporary created theÂ Montezuma’s Headdress in light.
A performance documentation video for each of the four performances: